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Our Model

Our program of community-based education provides schooling to girls who might otherwise not become educated. Community-based education is recognized as a best practice and the most practical method to overcoming systemic and cultural barriers to girls’ education. This structure is the basis of our model of empowerment; a self-reinforcing upward spiral that disrupts an engrained cycle of illiteracy and poverty.


During the years of primary education (kindergarten through grade 6), we help girls understand the power of their own curiosity, leadership, and voice. Statistically, each year of schooling beyond grade 5 equates to delaying marriage by one year.


We provide students with a well-rounded education from which they can respond to the needs of their communities. For each year of secondary school (grade 9 through 12) that a girl completes, she delays the birth of her first child by one year.

*RJI is currently closed due to the ban on secondary education for female students.


This milestone is meaningful for so many reasons, most importantly what it represents for our students and their own leadership dreams and capabilities. Our graduates are fiercely proud of their accomplishment.


To date, most Razia Jan Institute students have received or are pursuing university degrees in Afghanistan and neighboring countries. Our graduates have experienced firsthand the power of education and its ability to open doors.


Most of our students have pursued careers in nursing, midwifery, further medical training, and teaching. Educated women have fewer children, are more likely to escape poverty, and are less vulnerable to extremism.


For our students who become mothers, we connect them to education opportunities that work for families. Mothers who receive literacy education have children who are twice as likely to go to school themselves.


“It was one of my greatest wishes to serve the people of my village. And now my dreams have come true. My life has changed completely. Now I am able to help my family, relatives, and neighbors regarding their health. I'm so thankful for my parents, especially my dad, who allowed me to get an education and improve my knowledge. My dad is an educated person. He never distinguished between his daughters and his sons. He treats us equally.”
—Nadia, graduate of the Zabuli Education Center and Razia Jan Institute